Snapper

Snapper

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**NPR's Best Books of the Year 2013**

A great, hilarious new voice in fiction: the poignant, all-too-human recollections of an affable bird researcher in the Indiana backwater as he goes through a disastrous yet heartening love affair with the place and its people.
 
Nathan Lochmueller studies birds, earning just enough money to live on. He drives a glitter-festooned truck, the Gypsy Moth , and he is in love with Lola, a woman so free-spirited and mysterious she can break a man's heart with a sigh or a shrug. Around them swirls a remarkable cast of characters: the proprietor of Fast Eddie's Burgers & Beer, the genius behind "Thong Thursdays"; Uncle Dart, a Texan who brings his swagger to Indiana with profound and nearly devastating results; a snapping turtle with a taste for thumbs; a German shepherd who howls backup vocals; and the very charismatic state of Indiana itself. And at the center of it all is Nathan, creeping through the forest to observe the birds he loves and coming to terms with the accidental turns his life has taken.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307908056
0307908054
Branch Call Number: KIMBERLING
Characteristics: 210 p. ; 22 cm

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LucasHill
Oct 12, 2014

This picaresque novel is as aimless as its protagonist. Fortunately, the author is so thoughtful with his turns of phrase that you may not be concerned that, in the end, you've been led nowhere.

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neuromanson
Jul 05, 2014

Beautiful. "Snapper" has a lovely, thoughtful tone, even when godawful things are happening. I couldn't believe this was a first novel - until I just read here that Brian Kimberling is a playwright. I can't wait to read something - anything! - else he's written!

Just found out! There's a "taster" ebook called "Nationwide" - in advance of a book by the same name. Wonder if KCLS has it....? :)

RiponGood Jun 03, 2014

This is a very good book. The author seamlessly splices irreverent wit with honest vulnerability, and produces an interesting episodic story. It shows that growing pains don't always remain behind in childhood.

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paschalville
Sep 25, 2013

delightful little read! if you didn't grow up in a cosmopolitan area and tried to live in/with/despite of your rural upbringing and loyalty, this book will hit all the right notes. highly recommended!

Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This novel has the author reaching back into his childhood in Indiana. The main character, Nathan Lochmueller studied philosophy at university and got a job gathering primary bird research for universities and government use. It doesn't pay that well, but he enjoys the independent nature of the work and being outdoors. He drives a battered truck named Gypsy Moth and loves a woman named Lola that he met just after high school. The characters of his family and friends come alive here from Shane, his best friend growing up who became a family man and children's librarian, to Kia, the German shepherd who loves to sing along to bad country songs and once found a bone Nate doesn't know what to do with.
Above all are the birds, including his favourite, the woodthrush. His least favourite are the raptors, although he comes to work with them closely. This is a book that invokes place, the cities, the small towns, the sense of community, the prejudices that make settings come alive.

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Winnipeg1
Jun 08, 2013

Smart, hilarious 'my first job' tale. Laugh-out-loud funny observations and one particularly backwoods section of Indiana. An easy read, but worth it any day!

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